Today, Sony Music Canada’sPressa releases his major label debut EP, Gardner Express. The title of the seven-track project is a play on words referencing Pressa’s last name (Gardner) and the Gardiner Expressway, a major highway running through the downtown core of his hometown, Toronto. In the same vein as the Gardiner Expressway, Pressa’s music acts as a lifeline and main artery in the city, and no matter where Pressa resides he will always represent the streets of Toronto.
In celebration of the project, Pressa announced a cinematic, livestream event for fans, taking place Wednesday, December 16th at 10pm ET/7pm PT at Happin.App. Happin.App is a ground-breaking virtual concert app that allows fans around the world to interact with their favorite artists directly for the ultimate livestream experience. All attendees of this cinematic livestream will have access to a live Q+A with Pressa after the performance. VIP packages are also available and include a variety of exclusive opportunities such as limited merch items, virtual meet and greets or a private smoke session with Pressa. For more information on VIP packages and to buy your tickets, click HERE.
Gardner Express features previously released tracks, “OTM,” “96 Freestyle,” and “Head Tap” featuring Brooklyn drill rappers, Sheff G and Sleepy Hallow. The trifecta of Pressa, with Sleepy Hallow and Sheff G landed the track an Apple Beats 1 premiere with Ebro Darden, and the three songs culminated in 10.5M global streams worldwide, to date. Reigniting Pressa’s fanbase in North America and the U.K., the music garnered attention from esteemed hip-hop outlet Complex, HotNewHipHop, RapCaviar, Rolling Loud’s Twitch series Loud Gaming, and the NBA Memes official Instagram account, for a special halftime interview that took place during the 2020 NBA Playoffs.
Pressa continues his sizzling hot streak of collaborations with the biggest rising stars in the genre, with “Dracula” ft. Flipp Dinero, “Attachments” ft. Taliban Glizzy and “Blackberry Zap” ft. Jackboy. “Blackberry Zap” is a departure from the hard, street tracks Pressa is known for, but still feels authentic by meshing both rappers’ melodic rap style with Jackboy’s southern Florida charm. The EP rounds out with “Ouija Board” featuring U.K. hip-hop collective, D-Block Europe.
Buy/Stream Gardner Express: https://smarturl.it/Pressa_TGE_EP
Gardner Express Tracklist:
- Attachments ft. Taliban Glizzy
- Blackberry Zap ft. Jackboy
- O.T.M (Out The Mud)
- Ouija Board ft. D-Block Europe
- Head Tap ft. Sleepy Hallow & Sheff G
- Dracula ft. Flipp Dinero
- 96 Freestyle
Pressa captured rap fans’ attention in Canada and the U.K. by garnering millions of YouTube views for 2016’s “Wass Gang,” landed on a tour with Drake, and emerged as a local cultural sensation. Pressa made his mark with the inimitable mix of his street-oriented lyrics, melodic hooks and high-pitched voice, making him a fixture in the Toronto hip-hop scene.
Recognized for an impressive list of collaborations (Murda Beatz, UK hip-hop don, Giggs, Lil Uzi Vert) over the years, the Canadian rapper continued his hot streak in 2020 with features from Sheff G and Sleepy Hallow, Jackboy, Flipp Dinero and more. Aligned with the new crop of artists dubbed “ones to watch,” Pressa is on track in his journey to becoming a household name.
No stranger to releasing full bodies of work with mixtapes such as, Press Machine, Press A Brick, and Prestige, 2020 was a prime display of Pressa’s growth and versatility as an artist, culminating with the release of his EP, Gardner Express. The EP features “OTM,” “96 Freestyle,” and “Head Tap” ft. Sheff G and Sleepy Hallow, which resulted in coverage from media juggernauts like Complex, a global Apple Music Beats 1 premiere with Ebro Darden, and over 10.5M worldwide global streams, together to date.
Pressa is applying a renewed vigor to his music and collaborating with likeminded writers, producers and artists on the rise. Inspired by the diverse streets of Toronto and a multicultural Jamaican/Filipino upbringing, Pressa is eager to share his passion and unique music style with the world.
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